Bike Month 2016

July 28, 2016

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2016 marked Urban Strategies’ 10th annual year of Bike Month events and initiatives. To celebrate, Urban Strategies’ Bike Committee planned a number of bike-themed events that took place throughout the end of May and all of June. To kick it off, we hosted some fantastic bike mechanics from the east-end Bike Sauce shop for a day of bike tune-ups. Once all of our bikes were fixed-up, we were road-ready for one of our favourite annual events — Bike to Work Day on May 27.  Strategists met bright and early at designated meeting points in the east and west ends to bike to work together. The west-end team reigned victorious for the second year in a row!

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Bike Month also featured a weekly draw with prizes for staff who biked to work and grand prizes for our team members who covered the most kilometres and who biked the most days in the month of June. The victors each win a home-baked cake from a partner of their choice. Josh Kohler (most days biked) has chosen Benjamin Hoff and Meaghan Davis (most kilometres biked) has chosen George Dark. Ben and George are our 2016 Bike Month cake-bakers!

The next event was an office film screening of Breaking Away a 1979 Best Picture nominee about four teens coming of age in an Indiana college town, one with an extreme passion for bicycle racing.

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On June 10, Urban Strategies rented a bicycle blender from Foodshare and held a smoothie making competition.

The next event came on June 17, when the Bike Parking Subcommittee held a Vision Workshop to hear staff input about the creation of new bicycle parking at Urban Strategies.

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Staff brainstormed ideas and came up with a set of bike parking priorities.

Next, Urban Strategies’ 2nd annual Bike Tour took place on June 24, this year in the east end where we checked out some noteworthy planning projects before finishing off at the amazing Hearn Generating Station.

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And finally to cap off one of the best Bike Months yet, we held an Academy session with special guest Jacquelyn Hayward Gulati, Manager, Cycling Infrastructure and Programs at the City of Toronto, who discussed cycling, successes, new ideas and next steps for the City.